A letter from the principal
I am honored to have this opportunity to share a little about St. Philip Catholic School with you. My name is Andrea Lodato Dickel and I have been principal at St. Philip since the start of the 2007-2008 school year. From the moment I set foot in this building for the first time, I knew I was at home. The St. Philip community is one of which I am proud to be a part. It is a very welcoming and open community filled with lots of people who dedicate their lives to making this a wonderful place.
The school is comprised of just over 200 students in grades Pre-school through 8th grade. Because of our size, we have homerooms that average 20 students. We staff 11 full-time teachers, 2 part-time teachers, 1 part-time social worker, 3 part-time aids, and 4 part-time pre-school/pre-K teachers. We are both a Four-Star School and an A School according to the Indiana Department of Education and are very proud of our accomplishment. We accept applications for students wishing to enter on the voucher program and those that might benefit from the tax-credit scholarship program. Our ISTEP+ scores consistently remain above the 90% passing rate.
Our curriculum includes language arts, math, science, social studies, technology, art, music, physical education, health, and religion and we are hoping to add Spanish in the near fuure. Our students, with the exception of pre-school, pre-K and kindergarten, attend mass once a week and all students have an opportunity to participate in our school masses throughout the year. The kindergarten begins attending mass once a week at the start of second semester. Each homeroom is responsible for planning mass on a rotating basis and the students are able to be lectors, petition readers, and gift bearers. Those students in grades 5-8 may also participate as servers once they are trained. In the past, our 3-8 graders have had the opportunity to participate in choir at masses and our older students who play instruments are invited to play at different times. We like to think our masses are for the students and by the students and we hope that their ability to participate helps them deepen their relationship with Christ and gives them a better understanding of what it means to be a participating member of the Catholic Church.
St. Philip offers many extra-curricular activities as well. The athletic teams that we have include soccer for all grades, although often combined with other schools, volleyball for girls in grades 5-8, basketball for all grades, wrestling for boys in all grades, and track for 4th-8th grades. In the non-sports realm we have a speech team for 6th-8th graders, Spell Bowl for 4th and 5th graders, Math Bowl for 5th and 6th graders, Jr. Legion of Mary for 2nd-8th graders, Sea Perch Robotics for 6th and 7th graders and Lego Robotics for 7th and 8th graders.
As you can see, your children have the opportunity to receive a well-rounded education at St. Philip. With small classes, a plethora of sports options, and many academic extra-curricular options, our students graduate well-developed and ready for the challenges and excitement of high school. If you are considering St. Philip Catholic School as an option and you have further questions, please feel free to contact me at 985-2447 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to getting to know you and sharing our school and community with you!
Andrea Lodato Dickel, Principal